You’ve probably seen the ridiculous, insulting, threatening letter that a number of libertarian organizations, represented by their leaders, sent to John Boehner and Mitch McConnell on November 30th, 2010. The letter demanded defense spending cuts and threatened that unless the newly-elected Congress would enact them, it would “show it’s not serious about spending reform and not ready to lead”.
At the time I said that the signatories were libertarians representing libertarian organization. Some of them are libertarians indeed, e.g. Christopher Preble of the CATO Institute. But some of them are LIBERALS. STRIDENT LIBERALS.
Just two examples:
1) Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. He calls himself a conservative, but he’s a strident liberal. Not only does he oppose a strong defense and advocate deep defense spending cuts (which would excuse liberals from cutting domestic spending), he also advocates liberal policies on marriage, immigration, and free trade.
Free trade has been a disaster for the US economy. So-called “free trade agreements” have allowed foreign countries to steal the American industry, thus rendering millions of Americans unemployed. Foreign countries are cheating, plain and simple. For any self-styled conservative to support “free trade” is ridiculous.
Norquist is a member of the Board of Directors of GOPround, a gay Republican organization which advocates gay marriage, which would mean that anyone would be allowed to marry anyone or anything. This would mean reducing marriage to a mere contract between any two individuals, and ending the millenia-old definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman. No real conservative supports gay marriage.
Worst of all, Norquist is an advocate of unlimited immigration. When speaking before the Obama-appointed Deficit Reduction Commission, he urged the Congress to INCREASE the annual rate of legal immigration, which is already 1 mn per year and is, in large part, responsible for the current economic crisis. This also means that Norquist is an advocate of ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, because illegal immigration grows with legal immigration, as CIS data clearly shows. As the CIS rightly says, they are two sides of the same coin. More legal immigrants would mean turning the US into another Mexico, albeit one with gay marriage and abortion on demand. It would mean turning the US into what California is today. Legal and illegal immigrants put a HUGE burden on American taxpayers, yet Norquist wants to increase it. The only solution to America’s economic problems is the deportation of all illegal aliens and a 5-year moratorium on legal immigration.
Worst of all, Norquist is a pro-Muslim, pro-jihadi, pro-terrorist sympathizer. In March 2010, Pamela Geller documented Norquist’s ties and cozy relationships to jihadists and his belief that they do not threaten America:
“The Freedom Defense Initiative, a new organization I started with author and scholar Robert Spencer, hosted its inaugural event to an enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 19. But this event was at CPAC, not of CPAC. Could this be because of the influence of conservative kingmaker and power-broker Grover Norquist, who is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union, which hosts CPAC? The only event concerning the war on America at CPAC was worse than nothing at all: It was an Islamic propaganda (taqiyya) presentation entitled “You’ve Been Lied To: Why Real Conservatives are Against the War on Terror.” Its message was that “real conservatives” don’t support the war on terror because it is a creation of the “Israeli lobby.”
How did CPAC come to this?
Grover Norquist’s ties to Islamic supremacists and jihadists have been known for years. He and his Palestinian wife, Samah Alrayyes — who was director of communications for his Islamic Free Market Institute until they married in 2005 — are very active in “Muslim outreach.” Just six weeks after 9/11, The New Republic ran an exposé explaining how Norquist arranged for George W. Bush to meet with fifteen Islamic supremacists at the White House on September 26, 2001 — to show how Muslims rejected terrorism.
It was Norquist who ushered these silver-tongued jihadists into the Oval Office of an incurious president after the worst attack ever on American soil. Instead of Hamas, Hezb’allah, and the Muslim Brotherhood, Ibn Warraq, Bat Ye’or, and Wafa Sultan should have been advising the president. Instead, at that September 26 meeting, Bush declared that “the teachings of Islam are teachings of peace and good.” It was a critically important, historic incident. What should have been the most important teaching moment of the long war became a propaganda tool for Islam. A singular opportunity was squandered, and the resulting harm is incalculable.
Bush did this because he trusted Norquist, who vouched for these Muslim leaders. Yet “the record suggests,” wrote Foer, “that [Norquist] has spent quite a lot of time promoting people openly sympathetic to Islamist terrorists.” And this continued for years. In December 2003, David Horowitz wrote that Norquist,
“… has formed alliances with prominent Islamic radicals who have ties to the Saudis and to Libya and to Palestine Islamic Jihad, and who are now under indictment by U.S. authorities. Equally troubling is that the arrests of these individuals and their exposure as agents of terrorism have not resulted in noticeable second thoughts on Grover’s part or any meaningful effort to dissociate himself from his unsavory friends.”
Horowitz wrote this in an introduction to a detailed exposé by Frank Gaffney showing how Norquist had given Muslims with jihad terror links access to the highest levels of the U.S. government.
Grover Norquist was on the Islamic payroll before and after the carnage of September 11.”
Norquist is a liberal even worse than McCain.
2) David A. Keene: Keene worked for Reagan in 1976, but in 1980 he was the National Political Director of Bush’s presidential campaign, i.e. he worked AGAINST Ronald Reagan.
He’s a Romney sycophant and endorsed the Massachusetts RINO in 2008. He is a Palin-bashing member of the DC Establishment. In 2004, he endorsed Arlen Specter against Pat Toomey, even though his own ACU rated Specter’s voting record as 47% conservative and Toomey’s VR as 97% conservative. Since Keene became chairman of the ACU in 1984, that organization (which was established as a group of grassroots conservatives) has betrayed its grassroots origins and founding ideals – and conservative principles. These days, its annual CPAC is nothing more than a love fest for establishment politicians (Romney, McCain, McConnell) and simoultaneously an anti-defense hatefest.
Keene opposes the federal government’s terrorist communications monitoring program and military commissions for terrorists. He wants terrorists to be brought into the US court system and wants the Congress to give them habeas corpus rights.
Worst of all, Keene is a longtime lobbyist (he’s a lobbyist to this day – currently, he’s a manager at a lobbying firm called Carmen Group Lobbying. He and his lobbyist pals cause the Congress to waste more taxpayers’ money on domestic programs than the DOD has wasted throughout its entire history to date.
How dare this unethically-working, anti-Reagan, anti-defense, pro-terrorist lobbyist lecture the DOD on fiscal responsibility? How dare he and Norquist claim the mantle of Ronald Reagan?
Don’t believe me? Check their biographies. Or Norquist’s publicly-available proposals to the Congress. They are straight from the Dems’ playbook. Defense cuts, unlimited immigration, “free trade agreements” and gay marriage? That’s EXACTLY what the Democrats want.
Norquist’s proposals to the Congress:
The composition and agenda of the GOProud Board of Directors: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GOProud
Keene’s biography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Keene
Keene’s pro-terrorist agenda: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Freedom_Agenda
I hereby repeat my question: how dare this longtime lobbyist lecture the DOD on fiscal responsibility?